How Do You Measure Worth?
“A person’s worth is measured by the worth of what he values.” ~Marcus Aurelius
Wealth can be measured in a myriad of ways, not solely money.
One can be wealthy with ideas, or friends, or humour.
A person can measure the value of their worth in contributions to charitable causes, or to the upbringing of a child, or to the strengthening of their character, or to the betterment of their community, country, or the world.
Someone else might base their worth on influence, or impact, or position, or power.
Others might measure by spirits encouraged, or hopes restored, or lives uplifted.
Some keep score by ownership—their stuff—an extension of the money yardstick.
In most corners of the world, money seems to be the most popular and socially acceptable way to quantify worth.
The real question becomes: How much would you be worth if you lost all your money?
Your answer to that question is your true measuring stick and the only ruler that matters in the long run.
Makes for a gentler way to live, too, and you could probably use a little more gentle in your life, couldn’t you?
“A little thought and a little kindness are often worth more than a great deal of money.” ~John Ruskin